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Australia gets a new jewel in her crown: The Emerald Princess is coming!

Princess Cruises proves its commitment to the Australian cruise market yet again with its latest announcement. From late 2016, the mega-ship Emerald Princess will begin a debut season of cruising in the South Pacific, based out of Sydney.

The addition of the 3082-passenger cruise ship will expand Princess's Australian capacity at the time to 11,800 berths, as she joins four more of her fleetmates already calling Australia home, either year-round or seasonally. Australians have shown their love for this innovative and fun cruise line- and Princess is returning the favour!

Stuart Allison, Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, says that the line is as excited as we are about their growing presence in this corner of the world: "Since Princess first based a ship here for the summer in 2002 we have been embraced by Australians who love our exciting itineraries and destinations as well as the quality cruise experience we provide, so we're thrilled to be expanding further."

What's on board?

Australian cruisers can look forward to something a little different when finding their next cruise. Launched in 2007, the Emerald Princess will be the newest and largest ship of the Princess fleet to be deployed here.  Be prepared for more food, fun and entertainment from the moment you embark! All onboard pricing will be in Australian dollars to make life a little easier.

Eat to your heart's content

13 different dining options offer huge variety for passengers. Specialty restaurants like Sabatinis and the Crown Grill are a special night out, but what cruisers really love about the Emerald Princess is the range of casual and complimentary options. Along with the main dining rooms and obligatory buffet are themed meals at the Cafe Caribe, a pizzeria, an ice-cream bar, a grill, the fabulous International Cafe and a wonderful cluster of food emporiums in the Piazza. 

Fill up your days at sea

The sheer size of the Emerald Princess means there is plenty to keep you busy- if you want to be! The abundance of pools makes it perfect for a trip into the balmy tropics. There are three big outdoor pool complexes, along with an adults-only one in the Sanctuary and several spas and hot tubs. Sports facilities including a nine-hole putting course and shuffleboard court, a jogging track, Scholarship@Sea lectures and classes galore will keep you fit both physically and mentally, while organised activities are a great way to meet other passengers. If you are feeling virtuous, the extensive gym awaits, and why not reward yourself afterwards with a spa treatment at Lotus?

Be entertained in the evening

Looking for something to do when the sun goes down? Productions, music and all kinds of shows can be found in the Princess Theatre which is designed with great acoustics so you won't miss a beat. Movies Under the Stars are a fun way to spend an hour or two on deck. From quiet drinks to dancing the night away, there are bars or lounges for any whim. The Speakeasy cigar lounge is a novel feature of the ship, and the Skywalkers Nightclub on the top deck is a beloved Princess favourite.

We can expect to see itineraries available in March and on sale in April, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, check out our Princess 50th Anniversary sale for cheap cruises!

Written By: Sarah Glover, Content Editor of Cruise Sale Finder

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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4 comments
Business Brokers Sydney May 23, 2016
Thank you for sharing a us very important information.
Robin Underhill Jan 14, 2015
What great news, another wonderful Princess ship. I just love all your Australian voyages, will be booking on this one!
Lynette Hyland Jan 13, 2015
I was so excited to read that the Emerald Princes is coming to Australia. I was on her in August 2007 cruising the Greek Isles for two weeks & loved it. Because we were off the ship early for day excursions & back on board late I didn't have time to really get to see everything the ship had to offer....so I would dearly love to cruise on her again & get to know her better...PS: I'm a Princess Girl
Laisani Jan 13, 2015
Looking forward for this
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